Hey! I'm back home now from Artfest and will post more on that soon...Just a few words about my big surprise:
I'm authoring a book for Rockport, tentatively called 1,000 Artist Journal Pages. I'm looking for submissions. The PDF of info is below. Please download and print out, forward to your friends...tell everyone you know!
Got my trades done last night (Pictured right). Yeah, OK. Not too many, huh? 32 to be exact. Since I haven't soldered so much in so long and I switched to lead-free, I think it's plenty! Just enough to trade with others for charms. The collage is actually just a past promo I did cut into bits. It was a Year of the Dog postcard I had sent out and I have a few left!
Put off taxes until I get back (I have a VERY cool accountant!)....I need to clean some today and finish little piddly stuff. I'm pretty much packed, just little detail stuff now.
Oh, and that really cool thing that I mentioned last post? Do ya wanna know? Hmmm...I think I'll wait until after Artfest. Seriously. Then it'll be OFFICIAL and I can totally share and ask that you participate...Can you guess what it is? (Hey, if you're going to Artfest, you'll find out there!)
To the right we have paper packs for trading at Artfest...I've been working on charms, too. Still have a few to go because of soldering iron issues. I changed over to lead-free solder and a new iron and I was having some problems, but have solved them and will try to finish more today!
And we're getting rain here today in AZ. A much needed dowsing, seeing as how it's been over a month we've had any. So we need it...I need it!
I had the insomnia again last night. Not fun. My head was buzzing with Artfest, art and other things. At one point, I got up to surf the Internet, but that didn't do it either. I finally put Lost in Translation in the DVD and away I went! I think that always seems to help. I play a DVD that's so familiar that I don't need to have my eyes open to follow it. Even Lucy had the insomnia. She kept moving around, clanging her jewelry.
Our front door is finally in...and a security door to boot. Now, we just need to paint the door. Hubby asked last night if I was going to paint it red. I told him I would, but he wouldn't want me to. He said he really didn't care! I couldn't believe it! So, we'll be feng shui!
Back door is almost done...Our guy just needs to finish up little details. Lucy is using her new doggie door. I was so glad to see it happen. We went through a couple of different doggie doors. She didn't like the first one we got at Home Depot. It really stuck out from the wall, so it was really deep for her to have to get through and it was a little small for her. So Hubby ordered a custom-made one. We prayed she'd use it since it was expensive. When she did, we were both SO excited! Major accomplishment for our doggie kid!
Also, I have some BIG news coming...stay tuned! It's real exciting and I'll need you to participate. Can't say anything yet, but will real soon!
This post may not be for all of you...It's about intuitiveness and synchronicities. Some of you may not believe in that sort of stuff. But I have to share:
My father passed away five years ago last October. He was 59. I wrote a tribute to him last year around Father's Day...so I won't go into a whole long story about him. But since he's been gone, I've acquired a sort of intuitive connection with him which I never knew I had. After he left, I had so many dreams about him where I would talk with him, where he would reassure me, save me from drowning, etc. I really believe that after he died, he sent me rainbows as a sign to let me know he was still with me. Several instances I could write about, but one in particular that was so amazing: I was sitting at my computer one day and suddenly got very sad thinking about him. I started crying, then started journaling to him. I looked over at the floor and there was a rainbow of colors on the floor. Now, you'd say, isn't that a reflection of light coming in from the window? No. I checked the window to find the source. The blinds were drawn and there wasn't any actual source of this rainbow. Also, the rainbow started fluttering on the floor and the more I cried, the more it fluttered. I really felt a sense that my dad was there in the room. As soon as I calmed down and felt more positive, the rainbow faded away. So many times this sort of thing happened to me...well, it hadn't happened in a while. Until Monday.
My Aunt Joan in Michigan died Monday morning of a sudden heart attack, just like my father. She was 64. Such a kind, giving woman Joanie was. She was a loving wife and mother of three and took care of EVERYONE around her. She was a strong member of our family and she will be SO missed.
That morning, I had gone to my mom's work to tell her and take her home to get her prepared to fly to Michigan for the funeral. As I was on my way to get my brother from work so we could pick up mom's car from her work, I called to my dad. I asked him: "Dad, look out for Joanie, OK?" A couple of minutes later, I was driving by the cemetery in which my father's ashes lie. I looked over and sprinklers were running over the grass. In that grass, I saw a rainbow. My dad had heard me. I know he will look out for her.